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About Shalini Austin

I am a self taught metalsmith and I make Copper Things. Originally from New Delhi, India I now live in Stamford, Lincolnshire with my husband and 2 rescue dogs. It started as a hobby in 2008, making wire jewellery. As I progressed on my creative journey I learnt to appreciate sheet metal, especially copper. So it is only natural that my work is now taking a new path in fabricating metal. Since Summer 2014 I have been working mainly with sheet copper, crafting a decorative and functional range of copper jewellery, home-ware and sculptures.  I love working with sheet metal and creating interesting 3D forms and shapes, often using nothing more than a simple hammer to create textures. Recently I have also started kiln fired enamelling, which has proven very popular, especially with jewellery customers.

Further Info

Specialised in
Metalwork (Copper), Enamelling
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing


Copper Sculpture ANGST started as an experiment. I wanted to take my air-chasing skills a step further from small items of jewellery to create something bold which would bring out the natural beauty of hammered copper.

So instead of the little rustic pendants and air-chased sculptural cuffs I decided to do some air chasing on a larger sheet of bare copper.  After a couple hours of hammering, dapping, annealing and more beating I opened the piece up and it looked like a face. I posted a picture on Instagram and an artist commented “It looks like a face trapped beneath the top of the copper.”

And that is exactly what I thought too! It looked like an anguished face trying to escape. It had really turned out better than I had expected or hoped. Very exciting! So he became a stand alone sculpture and I called him ‘Angst’